***NEW*** YOGA for RIDERS!
Come join us July 2nd for our first weekly session of group yoga classes designed specifically for the improvement of the equestrian athlete! Instructed by a certified yoga instructor and professional rider to offer insight into how to channel your efforts to better your ride. Classes are held at 100 Saniford Drive in Stouffville, ON, just off Main Street. Introductory prices start at just $10!!! Bring a friend! Barn/team time slots available. Classes will be held Thursdays at 5pm and 6pm with more days and times opening up shortly! Contact us for more details!
It's finally here! Attention Coaches, Facility Owners, and Riders!
There's finally a way to be confident about concussions and the health
and safety of our riders! Bring the EquiSTRONG Concussion Prevention and
Intervention Program into your riding/show program to take the guess
work out of your athlete's safety. Includes up to 3 years of coverage,
baseline testing, and access to the best treatment in the event of a
concussion to keep your athletes in the saddle! Rest parents' minds at
ease knowing their child is protected! With packages starting at just
$29.99, why take the risk? Get your baseline tests done TODAY!
Our very own yearling, Le Fin Conteur, pinned 4th in his CSHA class at his very first Royal Winter Fair in downtown Toronto. Go EquiSTRONG!
We are very excited to announce the sponsorship of up and coming event rider Caleigh Pengelly! Welcome to the team, Caleigh!
WE DESERVE BETTER!
harmonizing with a 1500 lb., unpredictable animal carries a massive
amount of risk. Besides the obvious traumatic injuries resulting from
falls, kicks, and rogue hooves, equestrians suffer from a large number
of chronic and minor injuries as well, such as muscle strains, low
back pain, shoulder tightness or weakness, and core instabilities. As
inconvenient as it is to seek treatment, availability at our
competitions is poor and access to therapy and rehab that understands
our sport and what forces we need to create and withstand is even harder
At the core of our competitions, Equine Canada, Article A508 is proposed as such for 2015:
"For the protection of the audience and competitors, medical assistance
must be reasonably available in a timely fashion either at the
competition grounds or "on call" from an accessible off-site location,
or both. In making this determination, the competition management must
act reasonably and shall consider the discipline requirements at the
competition, the physical location (remoteness) of the competition
venue, and the time needed to respond from an off-site location..."
"... Medical assistance availability on the grounds may include any of the following:
An adult with recognized and valid First Aid training who is not
competing; this individual may act in some other capacity at the
competition providing this does not restrict their availability to all
areas on the competition grounds."
This rule fails to mandate
that we need advanced and specialized emergency and injury rehab
professionals. The scope of a standard First Aider ends with basic 1
person CPR and rescue breathing. By accepting this rule, we agree that
appropriate medical care that is offered in most other sport venues is
not necessary for equestrians and that we do not require a higher
standard of care in emergencies and injuries.
In an effort to
change this rule, I submitted a rule change request this year and it was
rejected in favour of this far too lenient rule you read above. We at
EquiSTRONG think this is unacceptable and we do not want to ask riders
to settle. On behalf of myself and EquiSTRONG, we want to hear your
thoughts! Please complete our SURVEY https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/B2JGRDY
so that we can make the necessary changes to advance athletic
development and injury care for equestrians everywhere!! Upon filling
our survey, like our page and comment your name and you will be entered
in a chance to win an EquiSTRONG prize pack including a custom Back on
Track saddle pad, and 50% of any EquiSTRONG service!! Conditions Apply.
Don't settle! Let's make a change!! #ATsforEQs
Big congratulations to EquiSTRONG horse, Le Fin Conteur, for winning the CSHA Yearling class at the Ontario Breeder's Show and receiving Junior Reserve Champion!
A huge thank you to Belle Wood Equestrian Center for welcoming EquiSTRONG to their Hunter Spectacular Show, June 22nd. All competitors were kept safe and it was a great day to be had by all! Stay tuned for our locations and events to visit our booth and don't forget to visit www.bellewoodequestrian.com for more details on up coming shows!